Hundreds of thousands expected at 150th Durham Miners’ Gala

Thousands of trade unionists are today expected to attend 150th Durham Miners’ Gala.  

Speeches on the racecourse begin at 1pm, with contributions from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, CWU general secretary Dave Ward and NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow Minister for Labour Laura Pidcock and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long Bailey are also on the platform.

Durham Miners’ Association secretary Alan Mardghum said: “In our 150th year, the platform reflects and reaffirms the founding principles of The Big Meeting. As our predecessors at the DMA put it: ‘the essential of the day is the renewal of our pledge to the cause of trades unionism’.

“As at the first Gala, our speakers are all drawn from the labour and trade union movement. Each carries on the cause on which we were founded – socialism. We look forward to welcoming our speakers – and our other 200,000 guests – to Durham today.”

Details of the event can be found here.

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